Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Is Facebook the new excuse for not doing your homework?

Nothing like waking up to a new study that show facebook is the reason why I didn't get summa cum laude. Damn it, I knew it wasn't all the drinking and partying. A study by Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University shows that college students on Facebook have significantly lower GPAs than those who are not on Facebook - typically a full grade lower (3.0-3.5 users vs. 3.5-4.0 non-users).

Of course, we all know (even the Facebook users) that these studies suggest correlation not causation and even Karpinski admits that "maybe [facebook users] are just prone to distraction. Maybe they are just procrastinators." People also speculate that Facebook or social networking is no bigger distraction than TV, video games or going out.

The fact is that studies support both the pros and cons of using the internet/social networking. Some studies like Oxford University neuroscientist Susan Greenfield's cautioned that social networks like Facebook and Bebo were "infantilizing the brain into the state of small children," basically shortening attention span jeopardizing capacity for learning while another study by the University of Melbourne shows Internet use at work can improve employees concentration and increase productivity.

Maybe if we all take ginseng tablets, they wont take our Facebook away.

To read the full article: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1891111,00.html

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